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SPECIALIZED ELITE STORE OPENS IN SM BY THE BAY

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Specialized Philippines, in partnership with Gruppo Innovare Corporation, the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines, officially opened the newest Specialized Elite Store on Wednesday, October 17 at the SM by the Bay, Mall of Asia in Pasay City.

Present during the event were the Gruppo Innovare team headed by its Managing Director, Mr. JL Gavino and Sales Director, Mr. Ritchie Santayana, Mr. Gino Abano, Commercial Director of Specialized SESA was also there to grace the event.

“We are proud to be opening the first Specialized Elite Store here at the SM by the Bay, a perfect location as it is a biker’s haven especially in the morning. As Specialized has striven to make the best bikes for riders since 1974, the Philippine riding community can expect the best one-stop bike shop experience the moment they walk in our store.”, said Mr. Santayana.

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During the opening, Mr. Abano presented highlights of various Specialized bike products such as the Venge, the fastest road bike, and the Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

 

For those who love off-road riding, the store also has the Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike, and the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails.

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The highlight of the day was the special preview of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. Guests were given a sneak peek on an actual setup of this limited-edition triathlon specific bike, which promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

“We are very fortunate to be able to present to everyone here today an actual set-up of the all-new 2019 Shiv Disc. This complete tri bike will be available globally as a limited edition product and reservations can be placed until October 31, 2018.”, shared Mr. Abano.

The Specialized Elite Store offers worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes first-hand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

The Specialized Elite Store in SM by the Bay is the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/.

 

 
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Posted by sa Oktubre 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Specialized gears up for SM Mall of Asia Store Opening

Specialized – a bicycle brand made for riders, by riders – gears up for its store’s grand opening on Oct. 17 at the SM by the Bay at the Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Considered to be a biker’s haven especially in the morning, SM by the Bay is the perfect location for the first of three Specialized concept stores to open, with Pasig and Maginhawa St. in Quezon City completing the new stores for 2018.

 “We want to serve the riders where they are, and at the same time make it convenient for them to get that one-stop bike shop experience,” says Ritchie Santayana, Customer Development Director of Gruppo Innovare Corporation, referring to the choice of locations for the three stores. All three are known to be bike-friendly areas in the metropolis, and more stores are promised to come throughout the country over the next few years.

Since 1974, the brand has striven to make the best bikes for riders. The store is set to offer a comprehensive range of technically advanced products, such as:

  • The Stumpjumper, the brand’s most versatile trail bike,
  • the Turbo Levo and Kenevo, a pair of e-mountain bikes built to give riders the power to ride more trails,
  • the Venge, the fastest road bike, and
  • the Tarmac, the lightest race bike ever made by the brand.

The 2019 Shiv Disc, is also set to take center stage during opening day. The all-new triathlon specific bike promises unprecedented aero design, storage for fuel and hydration to last the whole race, and the most flexible fit. It is the most complete triathlon bike ever made.

Riders can expect easy and worry-free purchases, and a complete “Specialized experience” through the store’s full scope of services: providing expert advice in choosing the best bike, experiencing the bikes firsthand through their bike test program, bike servicing by trained staff, and the Retül Match and Vantage system, the most technically advanced bike fitting and product matching technology available in the market.

Fabulous prizes will also be raffled off while Specialized will give a 10 percent discount on all items on its launch day.

Gruppo Innovare Corporation is the authorized and appointed distributor of Specialized Bicycle Components in the Philippines.

For further information, about Specialized in the Philippines, visit https://www.specialized.com/ph/en or like and follow Specialized Philippines on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/specialized.ph/.

 
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Posted by sa Oktubre 15, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Potatoes: Perfect Carb Source for Athletes

As we age, we get to value the benefits of regular exercise and proper nutrition. The perfect blend of the two can lead to a multitude of benefits, which includes increased energy, cheerfulness, good health, and longer life. There are studies suggesting the importance of food intake as the most important part of living a healthy life.

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Being mentally prepared and fueling my body with proper nutrition helps me finish a high intensity workout. The combination of power presses, cleans; fast rounds of kettlebell swings, carries and box jumps require lots of energy. That’s why I make sure that I am fueled properly with nutritious food to keep going… and my carb source?! Potatoes!

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Potatoes are known to be a good source of carbs, an excellent source of Vitamin C, Potassium (more than a banana), Vitamin B6, healthy fat, sodium and it is cholesterol – free. Aside from its nutritional benefits potatoes are one of the world’s most versatile vegetables.

Thanks to Potatoes USA, US potatoes are now available in the Philippines in three forms: fresh potatoes, frozen potatoes, and dehydrated potatoes.

 

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Fresh US table stock potatoes that are picked of the crop, carefully sized and graded based on standards of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). It starts with a strict US certification system, boosted by the right soil, the best possible growing season and temperatures, and lots of water.

 

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Frozen US potatoes are premium potatoes quick-frozen in a state-of-the-art process that locks in flavor and nutrients. Every processor must meet stringent requirements of the USDA and US Food and Drug Administration. With the US being the only country in the world with mandatory USDA grading standards for frozen potatoes, the quality of the final frozen product is assured. This means that all the flavor, as well as vitamin C, potassium, iron, vitamin B6 and fiber, have all been locked into frozen US potatoes.

Frozen US potatoes come in all-occasion shapes and sizes. Whole frozen potatoes can be oven-heated or microwaved after just a dash of seasoning. Frozen half-shell potatoes can quickly be filled up with cheeses, meats, and vegetables to become a signature dish in any restaurant. Of course, the most popular types are frozen straight cut (for fries!), wedges (with skin on, please!), crinkle cut fries, lattice/basketweave cuts, curly fries, hash browns, and tater drums.

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Frozen US potatoes come in all-occasion shapes and sizes. Whole frozen potatoes can be oven-heated or microwaved after just a dash of seasoning. Frozen half-shell potatoes can quickly be filled up with cheeses, meats, and vegetables to become a signature dish in any restaurant. Of course, the most popular types are frozen straight cut (for fries!), wedges (with skin on, please!), crinkle cut fries, lattice/basketweave cuts, curly fries, hash browns, and tater drums.

 

As another option, there are US dehydrated potatoes that are perhaps the most compactly packaged of the lot. US dehy can be quickly reconstituted into the best and fastest-made mashed potatoes ever, or as an ingredient in a wide array of dishes. You can use it for soups, stews, and sauces, or to add texture and make breads and cakes fluffy. US dehy has a great number of food applications ranging from pizza crust to native kakanin.

So make sure to grab US potatoes on your next grocery run. You’re not only buying quality food, but a nutritious all-around superfood.

US potatoes are available in supermarkets and groceries nationwide. For more information on US potatoes, visit http://www.potatogoodness.com or like and follow Potatoes USA-Philippines on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

Namaste!

 
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Posted by sa Oktubre 10, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Macie Carlos & Bliss Bayking earn tickets to WTA Future Stars Tournament

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Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge winners, Bliss Bayking and Macie Carlos, are flanked by (from left) Cebuana Lhuillier assistant vice president and corporate communications division head Richard Villaseran, UTP board member Gerard Madronilla, Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier, and UTP general manager Jackie Tomacruz.

Top-ranked junior tennis players Macie Carlos and Bliss Bayking have earned the opportunity to represent the country in the WTA Future Stars Tournament in Singapore, after clinching victories in the finals of the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament at the Makati Sports Club in Makati City.

Showing their winning forms, Carlos completely dominated Mica Emana, 6-1, 6-2, while Bayking outclassed Justine Maneja, 6-4, 6-1, to win their first 14-under and 16-under titles in the tournament sanctioned by Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP) and sponsored by Malayan Insurance, Dunlop and the Makati Sports Club.

“I would like to congratulate all the participants for playing in this tournament, most especially to the two winners who will be going to Singapore to play in the WTA Future Stars Tournament. This competition has brought out the best in you. I wish you both good luck and hope you will continue to learn from this experience as you make our country proud,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, UTP president and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.

The top-ranked Carlos easily disposed of 2nd ranked Julia Ignacio, 6-1, 6-2, while Emana overcame third seeded Tiffany Nocos, 6-3, 7-6(8) to arrange the 14-under finals duel. 2nd seed Bayking ousted top seed Rovie Baulete, 6-3, 6-2, while Maneja held off Minette Bentillo, 6-4, 6-3, in the 16-under semi-finals. Carlos and Bayking will compete against other top junior players from across the Asia Pacific region in the WTA Future Stars Tournament to be held from October 15 to 22 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

 
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Posted by sa Setyembre 23, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

Carlos, Maneja dominate foes in Cebuana Lhuillier WTA Future Stars qualifier

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UTP president Jean Henri Lhuillier, general manager Jackie Tomacruz, and board member Gerard Madronilla award certificates of recognition to the girls for being the country’s top-ranking players in their respective categories.

Junior tennis players Macie Carlos and Justine Maneja posted three straight wins to remain unbeaten in the Cebuana Lhuillier Girls’ Tennis Challenge Under 14 and Under 16 Qualifying Tournament at the Makati Sports Club in Makati City.

Sanctioned by Unified Tennis Philippines (UTP), the competition serves as a qualifier for the Women’s Tennis Association Future Stars Finals in Singapore in October.
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Carlos dominated Corazon Lambonao, 6-2, 6-2, on opening day and made easy back-to-back wins against Tennielle Madis and Mica Emana with similar 6-1, 6-1 finishes to stay on top of group one of the 14-under category at the end of the elimination round.
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Maneja quickly demolished Shedel Gica, 6-3, 6-0, and Anna De Myer, 6-0, 6-2, before upsetting top seed Rovie Baulete, 6-3, 7-6(3), to earn top spot in group one of the 16-under category in the tournament sponsored by Malayan Insurance, Dunlop and the Makati Sports Club.
“The second day of the tennis challenge showed that the girls have the grit to compete in the WTA Future Stars tournament. The games today brought out the best among the best and I am looking forward to fiery matches in the finals,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, Unified Tennis Philippines president and Cebuana Lhuillier president and CEO.
Baulete also made back-to-back wins at the expense of De Myer, 6-4, 6-7(4), 10-2, and Gica, 6-1, 7-6(3) before losing to Maneja while Emana made a pair of wins against Madis, 6-2, 3-6, 11-9, and Lambonao, 6-3, 6-0, before yielding to Carlos.
Carlos, Emana, Maneja and Baulete await their group two challengers in the cross-over semifinals as elimination games were still being played as of press time.
Macie Carlos and Justine Maneja show their intensity and winning form during the elimination round matches.

 
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Posted by sa Setyembre 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

JOSHUA PACIO QUOTES AHEAD OF ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES

Team Lakay strawweight and ONE World Title Challenger Joshua “The Passion” Pacio of Baguio City, Philippines is set to take on the toughest test of his career this Saturday night when he meets reigning ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka “Nobita” Naito of Japan for the second time.

The 22-year-old will compete in the main event of ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES, going down at the Jakarta Convention Center on 22 September. By all accounts, Pacio appears fit and ready to deliver the performance of a lifetime. Here is what he had to say ahead of his second shot at the strawweight title.

Ticket information for ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES is available at www.onefc.com.

Joshua “The Passion” Pacio:

“When this fight was announced, it came out of nowhere. I have always said that I would wait patiently for a title shot and face anyone that ONE Championship put in front of me. I have stayed true to my word and now, I’m ready to take on the champion again. There is a lot of talent in my weight class, and I know a lot of guys want a shot at the belt too. But I have been preparing for this moment since our first fight. It’s still fresh in my mind and I have done everything I can to improve my skills to I can claim victory this time around.”

“I think I will be able to shock him. I plan to show the champion that I am a completely different fighter this time. I have improved so much since we last saw each other, upgrading every skill on all fronts. My striking is more fluid now, my grappling is heavily improved. He should be prepared for what I will bring to the table. But knowing the champion, I can guarantee he is well-prepared and I have to be ready for the toughest test of my career. I plan to mix it up a lot more in this rematch and give him lots of different looks. One thing I can say is that I am a lot more comfortable going to the ground this time.”

“My mind is clear and calm. My focus is on bringing that belt home to Baguio City. I admit I was very young and inexperienced in that first title shot. It’s different now. Training with my Team Lakay brothers, they have molded me into a complete fighter and I am ready to showcase my skills. Winning the belt means the world to me. There are a lot of fans who look up to me and I can’t let them down. I have worked so hard over the last couple of years, now it’s time for harvest. I owe everything to my teammates, to God, to the fans, and everyone who has shown their support. Winning this title is a dream come true and will be the start of a new chapter in my career.”

Pacio takes on Naito at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES, set for Saturday, 22 September at the Jakarta Convention Center in Jakarta, Indonesia. Also on the card is local martial arts hero Stefer Rahardian, who takes on China’s Peng Xue Wen in the co-main event.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship.

 
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Posted by sa Setyembre 20, 2018 in Uncategorized

 

TWO WORLD CHAMPION VS WORLD CHAMPION SUPER-BOUTS SET FOR SINGAPORE ON 9 NOVEMBER

XIONG JING NAN TO DEFEND ONE WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AGAINST ANGELA LEE

BIBIANO FERNANDES TO FACE KEVIN BELINGON IN HIGHLY-ANTICIPATED REMATCH

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced that ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan will defend her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion “Unstoppable” Angela Lee in a super-bout. This will be the main event of ONE: HEART OF A LION, which is set for Friday, 9 November at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Ticket information ONE: HEART OF THE LION is available at www.onefc.com.

Chatri Sityodtong, Chairman and CEO of ONE Championship, stated: “ONE Championship is coming home to Singapore this November, and we have an amazing evening planned for martial arts fans in the Lion City. Two incredible world champions, the best in their divisions, are set to go head-to-head in a highly-anticipated super-bout. ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion Xiong Jing Nan will step up to the plate to defend her title against ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela Lee in what will be the biggest martial arts spectacle in Asia this year. It’s a thrilling match-up that should have fans on the edge of their seats in excitement. With the two stars being feared finishers, I don’t expect this bout to go the distance. In addition, the highly-anticipated rematch between reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes and Filipino superstar Kevin Belingon is going down. It’s going to be an awesome matchup that fans will surely not want to miss!”

“The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan began her career competing in professional boxing, and she was originally inspired to pick up the sport by her father, who imparted in her values of courage and integrity. Featuring a wide array of skills, she bagged a gold medal at the prestigious China Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament in 2017. Since winning the inaugural ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship this past January, the Beijing, China native has made two successful title defenses. In her most recent bout, she defeated Samara Santos of Brazil to successfully retain her title and push her record to 16-1. Up next, the 30-year-old travels to Singapore to defend her championship against Angela Lee.

“Unstoppable” Angela Lee is considered one of ONE Championship’s most outstanding athletes. The Singaporean captured the inaugural ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship with an awe-inspiring victory over Mei Yamaguchi in May 2016, and she has since defended the title successfully on multiple occasions. Lee’s beautiful combination of elite striking and grappling has proven to be a potent formula for success, as she has remained undefeated in her career. In her most recent bout, she beat Yamaguchi once again, showcasing her wide array of skills en route to a unanimous decision victory. Lee is now set to challenge Xiong Jing Nan for the ONE Women’s Strawweight World Championship.

38-year-old Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes of Brazil is the reigning ONE Bantamweight World Champion, and widely considered one of the best martial artists in the world bar none. He made his ONE Championship debut back in 2012 and captured the bantamweight world title in 2013. Since then, Fernandes has remained unbeaten inside the ONE Championship cage, showcasing tremendous striking and grappling ability and an unwavering will to win. In his most recent bout, Fernandes defeated two-division titleholder Martin Nguyen by split decision in a World Champion vs. World Champion super-bout. In his next title defense, Fernandes is set to defend his championship against Kevin Belingon in a highly-anticipated rematch.

30-year-old Filipino superstar Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Team Lakay hails from Kiangan, Ifugao province. He made his professional cage debut in 2007, winning his first nine bouts while capturing a local flyweight title. After joining ONE Championship in 2012, Belingon put together a series of tremendous performances, including several highlight-reel finishes, to earn a shot at ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes in early 2016. Although Belingon failed to capture the title, he has since been on a warpath back to world title contention, putting together a sensational win streak which includes huge knockout wins over several former world title challengers. In his most recent outing, Belingon scored one of the biggest wins of his career, defeating two-division ONE World Champion Martin Nguyen. Up next for Belingon is a shot at ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano Fernandes.

For more updates on ONE Championship, please visit www.onefc.com, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @ONEChampionship, and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ONECh ampionship.

 
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Posted by sa Setyembre 12, 2018 in Uncategorized